The Norman Transcript


July 25, 2008

Help needed to index World War I veterans

June Stone, a member of the Oklahoma Genealogical Society (OGS), is requesting our help in gathering information about Oklahoma World War I veterans. OGS is planning to publish an index to honor these veterans and June is a member of the board and serving on the committee for this project.

There are some lists, by county, that are available at the Oklahoma Historical Society Library. The Department of Veterans Affairs has a list of those who were killed in action but does not have a list of all those who served and the American Legion Department of Oklahoma does not have a list.

Requested information includes full name of veteran, date and place of birth, date and place of death, date and place of marriage, name of spouse, names of parents, rank, branch of service, medals earned, obituary, pictures and anything that would contribute to the veteran's file.

June did not ask for this information, but I think the place of burial should be included.

To contribute to this project send information to: June Stone, 3601 NW 19th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73107-2815, by e-mail to or fax 942-0546.

I will be sending OGS information on my father-in-law, Oscar Ellis Shawn, who served in World War I, as did his two brothers and his two brothers-in-law. If you do not have the military information on a family member you may check for that information at the courthouse in the county where the veteran lived when he was discharged.

Many World War II veterans also registered their military information in the local courthouse.

The Veterans Administration, Nationwide Gravesite Locator, will provide the name of the veteran, branch of service and what conflict they served in, if buried in a national cemetery.

Veterans buried after 1997 in a private cemetery also are listed in this gravesite locator database.

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